All Things Gardening forum: Volunteer trees

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Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Kabby
Feb 13, 2017 4:40 PM CST
At one time we had a wooded lot but then we had a flood which dumped 3ft of sand around the trunks. Many trees died from the roots smothering.

We still have oaks and they are prolific with their offspring. Our last hickory tree went down in a hurricane but the squirrels keep bringing them in.

So my observations of volunteer trees from other lots are, a tulip poplar, a mimosa, 2 shortleaf pines, 2 tiny cedars, a sycamore, popcorn trees, and the hickories that are never in the right place and I have dig them up. What do you have volunteer in your yard and do you let them stay?
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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pepper23
Feb 13, 2017 6:24 PM CST
Elm, maple, hackberry and black walnut volunteer here. We dig them up and take them to my grandma's if we catch them in time otherwise we have to cut them down.
Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
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McCannon
Feb 13, 2017 6:59 PM CST
Silver Maples predominately, followed by Cedar and Spruce, both slow growers. We have transplanted several of each. Most of what grows in the yard gets mowed before we ever see them. We have Black Walnut trees and most new ones suffer the same fate. We occasionally get Pecan and Oak from our neighbor's trees.
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Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
Near Seattle
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Pistil
Feb 14, 2017 2:40 PM CST
Local natives RedCedar, Douglas Firs, Alder. Billions of English Laurel from the neighbor's "hedge" which is now 60 feet tall and getting dangerous, and occasional Mountain Ash (have naturalized here). Some Japanese Snowbell volunteers under my tree, these I will try to give away- I love the Snowbell Tree. One volunteer Japanese Maple with pretty red cut-leaf leaves I am going to give to my sister. My yard is full, all volunteers are removed :-(
Three feet is a LOT! So I guess you live in a flood plain? You have a terrific selection of volunteers, but maybe should stick with Oaks if they are the ones that survived?
Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads Vermiculture
Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories Sedums
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McCannon
Feb 14, 2017 2:55 PM CST
Got a chuckle out of that. Around here "hedge" is a tree, Osage Orange. Not good for much except for making wooden bows and firewood.
The aboriginal people of the world and many other cultures share a common respect for nature and the universe, and all of the life that it holds. We should learn from them!
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: Alabama Bookworm Echinacea Dog Lover Seed Starter
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Kabby
Feb 14, 2017 4:49 PM CST
@pepper23 @McCannon now why is it that I don't have black walnut seedlings, I have a tree! Perhaps I'm not on that side of the house much and they get mowed before I see them. I've had several crops of walnuts.
@Pistol yes, the Alabama River is in our front yard. The trees that survived the flood are at the sides of our house. Over the last 23 yrs, the remaining trees have sorta had their own tenacious hold. Lost one to lightening, a cedar just up and died, straight line winds broke my remaining cedar in half, uprooted 2 water oaks, a cherry bark oak, and a Bradford pear. I wasn't unhappy about that last one. And the hurricane with my hickory tree.
I've planted several fruit trees since then and I have to remember to keep the satellite with an unobstructed view. I adore my oaks!
Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads Vermiculture
Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories Sedums
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McCannon
Feb 14, 2017 6:58 PM CST
Kabby, around here, the squirrels gather most of our walnuts and my neighbor's pecans. We find very few seedlings as a result. If you want to grow them, here's a good University of Minnesota tutorial that will probably tell you more than you want to know: http://www.extension.umn.edu/g...
The aboriginal people of the world and many other cultures share a common respect for nature and the universe, and all of the life that it holds. We should learn from them!
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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pepper23
Feb 14, 2017 6:58 PM CST
The walnuts that show up here are all in my flower beds and are planted by squirrels usually. If anything crops up in the yard they get mowed before we even see them.

Our walnuts are next to the house and I'm surprised we haven't landed in the ER with heart attacks. Them things will drop on the roof and sound like a bomb going off. We freak out trying to figure out what's going on then we hear the squirrels chasing the walnuts, shake our heads and sit back down.
Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads Vermiculture
Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories Sedums
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McCannon
Feb 14, 2017 7:24 PM CST
Hi Amanda. We have a lean-to on the back of our garage and a large walnut tree that overhangs it. Our master bedroom is upstairs and right next to the lean-to. The racket of falling walnuts hitting the lean-to roof will wake you out of a sound sleep Hilarious! .
The aboriginal people of the world and many other cultures share a common respect for nature and the universe, and all of the life that it holds. We should learn from them!
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
Roses Zinnias Region: Missouri Cat Lover Dog Lover Bookworm
Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: United States of America Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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pepper23
Feb 14, 2017 7:36 PM CST
It's done that to us here too. We've come close to breaking the recliners too by jumping out of them from a sound sleep. D'Oh!

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